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Hillary Clinton campaign plans big post-DNC event at Temple University (update)

Update 12:30 p.m. July 28: Due to the threat of severe thunderstorms, Clinton’s post-DNC event has been moved to take place at McGonigle Hall on the campus of Temple University, according to the campaign. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m.

So what are you wearing to Hillary Clinton’s big post-DNC party?

The Clinton campaign has been approved for a permit for a public (victory?) event in Independence National Historical Park the day after the Democratic National Convention wraps up. A day earlier, the convention will most likely name her the party’s nominee — and she’ll become the first woman in U.S. history so named.

On July 21, Clinton’s camp officially announced it would hold a post-convention rally on Independence Mall. According to the announcement, Clinton will speak. More details will be released soon.

(Hey reporters from national news outlets: better tell your assignment desks you’ll need another day in town.)

According to the National Park Service, the Clinton Campaign was allotted a “public assembly” permit for parts of Independence National Historical Park from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 29, the day after Clinton’s expected acceptance speech.

The event isn’t taking up the entire park which technically spans about 20 city blocks — both MSNBC and the National Constitution Center’s PoliticalFest have also obtained special event permits for the same day. However, the campaign’s permit covers several zones of the park as well as People’s Plaza, the area in between the Liberty Bell and Market Street.

We’ve reached out to the Clinton Campaign for more details. But the public event could be the largest gathering of Clinton supporters while the presumptive Democratic nominee for president is here in Philadelphia, largely because activities related to the convention itself are generally open only to delegates, volunteers and other members of the party invited to attend.

Congressman Bob Brady, the head of the Democratic party in Philadelphia, told Billy Penn in June that the party was considering moving Clinton’s Thursday victory speech out of the Wells Fargo Center and to a location in the city that could hold more spectators. The Democratic National Convention Committee denied it was moving Clinton’s acceptance speech and a spokeswoman said “the Convention will take place in the Wells Fargo Arena from Monday through Thursday.” The Wells Fargo Center can hold about 19,500 people.

Thousands of people crowded into the area of Independence National Historical Park in September when Pope Francis visited Philadelphia and delivered a speech on the mall with Independence Hall as the backdrop. The speech, directed largely toward the Hispanic and immigrant population, was attended by an estimated 50,000 people.

A number of other groups had special events and public assembly permits approved for Independence National Historical Park during the DNC, including MSNBC which will broadcast daily from a set-up in the park. The Food and Water Watch, a D.C.-based NGO focused on corporate and government accountability, will hold a large, all-day public event on Sunday, July 24 that could take up a significant portion of the park. More than 5,000 activists could attend.

A group called the “Berners,” probably a reference to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has obtained a public assembly permit for the park every day from Monday through Thursday. On Monday, the group will hold a rally near 5th and Walnut and then march to the Wells Fargo Center. The other three days, the group will hold a rally, but no march.

Other groups that obtained permits for the space during the DNC include:

  • Shalom International, which is holding a rally for Israel from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 24
  • Yad Ezra Ministries, holding a live music worship on Sunday
  • Unitarian Society of Germantown, holding a public assembly at 5th and Walnut all day Sunday
  • Citizens for Health, a consumer action group which has a permit from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
  • PA Republican Women, which has a permit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday
  • DNC delegates will participate in an “Equality Forum” in Washington Square for a special event on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Democratic National Convention is taking place from July 25-28, and most of the scheduled events are taking place at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City.

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